Pak-China joint air drill starts in Pakistan

Published: December 3, 2018
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Shaheen VI was held at a Chinese airbase last year.

PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Shaheen VI was held at a Chinese airbase last year. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Joint International Air Drill of Pakistan and China, Shaheen VII began at an operational airbase in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson, a contingent of Chinese Air Force has arrived in Pakistan which includes pilots and air defence controllers.

Apart from the technical crew, fighter, bomber and early warning AWACS airplanes of Chinese Air Force are also part of the drill.

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It is the seventh air exercise in the series of joint air drills with the Chinese Airforce. Shaheen VI was held at a Chinese airbase last year.

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